World number 13 Pablo Carreno-Busta will take on fellow Spaniard and 147th-ranked Bernabé Zapata Miralles in the third round of the 2021 Barcelona Open on Thursday, April 22. Get the live streaming options of this Pablo Carreno-Busta v Bernabé Zapata Miralles match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Pablo Carreno-Busta v Bernabé Zapata Miralles Head to Head
No previous matches have been played between Carreno Busta and Zapata Miralles.
Carreno-Busta Makes Short Work of Thompson
With a title at the Marbella Open and a third round appearance at the Monte-Carlo Masters in the week following that, Carren0 Busta entered this tournament on the back of some excellent going. And he showed similar form in dismantling his first round opponent, Jordan Thompson in straight sets.
Carreno Busta won 6-4, 6-0 in just over an hour as he moved into the third round with ease.
After a first round bye, Carreno Busta was off to a quick start in the second round as he broke Thompson in the very first game and then held on to his own serve with some ease to clinch the opening set.
It soon became sure why he has been in some unquestionable form as the Spaniard came through three breaks of serves in the second set. Thompson didn’t get close to breaking back, with the Aussie earning not a single break-point.
Can the Spaniard now continue with that form against a fellow countryman and a surprise third round entrant?
Zapata Miralles Sends Fognini Packing
The second round match did not even see through to a completion with Zapata Miralles benefitting from a shock win over Fabio Fognini who was defaulted from the encounter due to allegations of verbal abuse.
Zapata Miralles was leading 6-0, 4-4 against Italy’s Fognini when he was awarded a win after the chair umpire was informed by a line judge that there had been swearing involved. And while Fognini was strongly upset – he broke his racquet and attempted to smash it to to the net post after the verdict – Zapata Miralles wouldn’t have minded the result one bit.
Because for someone who has never been better than 142nd in the world before this, this entry into the third round at the Barcelona Open would be a godsend.
A clay court specialist at the lower circuit, this will be his chance to cause a few more ripples on the ATP tour but to be able to do that he would need to overcome a player ranked more than 130 places ahead of him.
Tough match but he will have nothing to lose here.
Carreno-Busta v Zapata Miralles Prediction and Tip
Carreno Busta is an unsurprising favourite at 1/5 but we are backing Zapata Miralles to cause bit of a flutter here and even grab a set.
Tip: Zapata Miralles to win a set – Yes: 5/4 (bet365)